15/10/2016

Daydreaming...

There's only so much 'Bargain Hunt' a grown man can take.

Bargain Hunt

Despite the guilty pleasures of daytime television (and more pertinently in this convalescent's case, those of the full Sky Sports suite) I actually haven't been that idle during my enforced three and a bit days of post-operative recuperation. Honestly!

Prize Giving speech to celebrate our Year 11's record-breaking achievements written...

Sixth Form Open Evening presentation, featuring fantastic opportunities and achievements which consistently place us in the top 15% of of post-16 providers nationally, prepared...

Residential university taster experience for our Year 10s and 12s at De Montfort University in Leicester negotiated (a valuable quid pro quo for my recent presentation at the European Society of Sports Historian annual conference held at the University last month)...

Two submissions for Healthy School of the Year completed on the basis of our Active Movement national pilot...

And £30,000 secured from the National College for Teaching and Leadership to run a further year of our highly successful leadership development programme for women teachers across the County.

But it's only when you step - or my case for part of this week, sit(!) - back from the pace of daily life at school that realise just how much is covered in course of a 'normal' day. We thrive on it. The vibrancy of a community composed of over 1000 young people and incredibly creative adults.

Pace, velocity and movement. All also themes of our students' latest fantastic achievement on a regional stage…

AWE STEM Challenge Winners

Photos with permission: British Crown Owned Copyright 2016/AWE

I couldn't be prouder of Lily, Caitlin, Tiegan and Harvey from Year 9!

They've just secured AWE’s overall annual STEM - Science, Technology,  Engineering and Mathematics - Challenge Award against regional competition from state and independent schools. As well the trophy for the overall competition win, this fabulous team won the separate awards for the best accuracy and furthest distance... And a bonus prize for an outstanding and inventive design!

AWE STEM Challenge Winners
AWE STEM Challenge Winners

This stunning all round performance is a reflection of fantastic teamwork and a creative approach to STEM that runs right through our curriculum.

Heath Robinson Museum
 
In a week which, appropriately, saw the opening of The Heath Robinson Museum in London, this year’s Challenge revolved around the design of a contraption to fire a tennis ball, a ping pong ball and a beanbag! The teams were armed only with an information pack about slingshots, trebuchets and ballistas, and some raw materials. Then they were then left to their own devices to design and build their creation....

Hang about. I feel a daytime TV challenge show coming on...

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